Text reads: We seen your sign it looked like a trap. You put that money next to the fire plug over the wall in the bushes tonite and leave it there in a tin can a small can of your own if anyone stops the man who come's for it this town will be too hot to hold you as he will not know who we are and we dont joke we seen Timothy without you last nite at the fights remenber pleasure man in New York. We knew you then you sent one guy up the river for publicity. So dont try it again. Acid Burns
Photograph of George Contreras (left), Los Angeles County investigator, holding what appear to be bone fragments, and district attorney Asa Keyes, seated behind a trench in a basement. A shovel with torn fabric draped over it is on the left and a man behind them holds a candle.
This confession appears in the article, "Five Deaths Confessed. Northcott Cites Nine Murders. Walter Collins and Winslow Boys Named as Victims; Father Accused. Youth Breaks on Desert Trip; Louis Winslow's Death Laid to Nephew." Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 1928: pg. 1.
William Edward Hickman, wanted for the kidnap and murder of Marion Parker, was captured in Echo, Oregon, after an eight-day manhunt. In his initial confession (given while in Oregon) he named an alleged accomplice who drove a Ford coup. That detail is noted in the article, "Detailed Confession Made by "The Fox": Amazing Account of Conversing With Detectives and Following Police Cars at Rendezvous After Kidnapping Given by Hickman," Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 1927: 1.
Ransom letter, demanding money for the return of kidnapping victim Mary B. Skeele, wife of Walter Skeele, the Professor of Organ and Dean of the College of Music at the University of Southern California. The ransom was paid and Mrs. Skeele was returned unharmed.
Mary B. Skeele, wife of Walter Skeele, the Professor of Organ and Dean of the College of Music at the University of Southern California was kidnapped in 1933. The ransom was paid and Mrs. Skeele was returned unharmed. A former student, E. H. Van Dorn, and Luella Pearl, were found guilty of the crime.